About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Monthly Archives: October 2011
A video compilation of fall landscapes and wildlife in and around Jackson Hole, WY and Grand Teton National Park.
I’ll be leaving on a road trip soon and before I left, I wanted to get all my fall video compiled together into one video. While I didn’t get to use all the clips I wanted to, I still thought that it came out nicely.
The song I used, by Epic Soul Factory, was perfect until it hit a bit of a change of mood. I didn’t have enough clips to account for the short, dark section, so I had to edit the song just a bit so it would fit what I was trying to do. For that, I apologize to the original artist.
Regardless, this should give you a little glimpse into the area in the fall season. Wildlife comes out more in preparation for the winter, as fall leaves rest below snow-capped peaks all across the valley.
A bull moose eats from Oxbow Bend as he’s reflected with fall colors in the water in Grand Teton National Park.
With the falls colors fading, wildlife is beginning to pop back out as animals prepare for the winter in their own respective way. A bull moose has been hanging around Oxbow Bend for much of the summer and came out into the water recently for some great reflections with the remaining fall colors. There were a few from this series, but I thought this shot captured the scene best.
Fall leaves decorate aspen trees and hawthorn bushes along Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park.
Yesterday, the Moose-Wilson Road opened up after a number of days of being closed early, due to grizzly bears being seen there for the first time since Grand Teton National Park’s inception. Many cried foul, but the park service stood its ground and kept it closed as long as grizzlies were present. With so many black bears seen every year on the road, why the sudden change in policy? Was it really worth closing off an entire road?
The park cites that "…when there is a conflict between conserving resources and values and providing for the enjoyment of them, conservation is to be predominant." My first reaction was to side with those that felt the park had gone too far, but once I got past the fact that I wasn’t getting photos of my favorite animal, I accepted the extra protection.
Black wolf in Yellowstone National Park
The conservation movement essentially started with John Muir’s pen roughly 150 years ago. From there, it blossomed into an entire National Park Service that’s preserved small chunks of land scattered around the country, as well as worldwide presently. The movement itself has been gaining significant ground in recent decades, but still has a long way to go in overcoming what one would think would be the simplest of obstacles.
When the National Park Service was introduced, the borders for the national parks were set without taking wildlife into consideration. They were just meant to preserve pretty places for Americans to escape to. As more scientists and biologists began studying the wildlife around these new parks, they saw that more protection was needed. In Grand Teton National Park, predators were nonexistent at the time of its expansion, having been wiped out in prior generations, so the expanded borders really only accounted for the migrating bison and elk herds.
The Sleeping Indian (aka, Sheep Mountain) rests beneath storm clouds passing over Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Most people interested in photography begin to learn that sunset is the best time of day to shoot. While most would like to get up for sunrise, many don’t. They also begin to learn why mid-day shooting is the hardest light to shoot in and thus, will work sunset into their day as the optimal time of day to shoot.
The light is certainly ideal then, but in reality, if there’s light, there’s something to shoot. One of the most underrated times to shoot, especially with cooperative weather in the area, is actually after sunset. When the last pastel hues have faded from the clouds, you’ll see the majority of people packing up their gear and heading in. Some of the most interesting shots however, can come when all that’s left is atmospheric light produced from the end of the day reflecting off clouds.
A video compilation of various wildlife, scenics and time-lapses of summer from Grand Teton National Park.
During this past summer, I started off spending most of my time following around the grizzly bears of Grand Teton National Park. When warmer days set in and the grizzly bear activity died down, I headed into the backcountry of the Tetons as well as other locations to get in some hiking and see what the other animals were up to.
The above video only documents a small slice of what summer is like in Grand Teton National Park, but has enough in there to have me dreaming of next summer already! This summer was definitely one to remember. I only wish I had shot more video and time-lapses to remember all the rushed excitement.